Inclosed your Excellency hath the Resignation of Captain James Speppard’s Commission in the State Regiment, in favor of Mr. Robert Gillespie, of this Place, who was formerly a Continental Lieutenant, and serving with reputation. I shall be obliged to your Excellency to favor him with a Captain’s Commission agreeable to his desire, by the Express who bears this. I think the Arrangement of this Regiment is not to be considered as complete till the Rendezvous of the Troops, and the appointment of Capt. Gillespie will be regularly in the Arrangement from your Excellency. I beg leave to request a Sheriff’s Commission for Mr. James Craig of Rowan County, the Certificate of whose Nomination from the County Court of Rowan you have inclosed with. The Express will carry the same from you to Mr. Craig, if your Excellency will please to direct it to him; as also the former to Captain Gillespie, both of Salisbury.
Col. Alexander Martin’s Request.
Salisbury, Aug. 10th, 1781.
Rec’d 15th; answered 16th.